How long have you been working in real estate?
Approximately five years.
What is your proudest moment in real estate?
Helping my cleaning person buy a home. She moved to Pittsburgh with her husband and children from Ukraine. After seven years of trying to get a visa, She had to leave behind her newly built home, family, and all she knew in this world. She has learned English and works tirelessly to give her children a life not surrounded by war. Finding a home that resembled what she left behind in Ukraine felt really good.
What is a favorite or unique home you have sold?
I helped one buyer buy a home in a live auction in Edgeworth. As it turns out it was recently announced that that seller donated 37 million dollars to the Sewickley public library through his estate which makes it all around a unique situation!
What is your best advice for sellers?
Stage the home, or set its tone based on the likely demographic to purchase the home. Also, let me advise you on how to react to market conditions.
What is your best advice for buyers?
Always go see the home, and don’t discount it based on photos online. If the parameters fall into your criteria, it is usually worth the time.
What is your advice to other agents?
Be friendly and open to creative solutions to get the deal done.
What is your strongest real estate skill?
Connecting with people.
Where are you originally from?
What do you love most about Pittsburgh?
The people, the vibe, and its culture.
What was your career before real estate?
Corporate fashion and high-end interior design.
What is your favorite Pittsburgh restaurant, and why?
I can’t name just one! I love dives the El Burro in the North Side, to upscale venues like the Twisted Frenchman or a fun night at the Union Standard.
What is one of your hobbies?
My husband and I traveled for three weeks throughout the north and south of India for our honeymoon. It was an amazing experience in so many regards, especially learning about a culture so very different to that which I have been previously exposed.
Where can we find you on the weekends?
During the weekend, if I’m not working, I like to spend as much time with my family in Sewickley or exploring new parts of Pittsburgh with them.
What’s something we may not know about you?
When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I was a croquet champion on the island of Jumby Bay, Antigua. It was a tiny island with not much to do besides spending time on the beach and riding my bike. I randomly discovered I had a knack for the games, and adults would fly in to play me and be my instructor. Unfortunately, my hand-eye coordination went downhill; I peaked too early.